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Old 06-06-2017, 05:03 PM   #1
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Excited to have gotten this car in mid April of this year. A lot to do , but it's all there and a much better starting point than some of our past projects have been!
Basic plan is to first turn this 4 door into a 2 door. Then go gasser style: straight axel, 4 speed, BBC 427, skinny fronts, bigger backs. We've debated back & forth on cutting the rear qtrs. out or not & still can't really agree on wheels. Basic old school race car interior with no carpet, stock dash, good/safe cage & keep/try to not hurt the headliner that's there (with all the grinding, sparks & welding... well we'll see).
First order of business is find a set of 2 door, doors. Put the word out on this & a friend hooked us up with a guy, had never met & only15 miles away, that has ALOT of tri-five parts & cars ... bought doors & guts (and he also had a '59 truck straight axle we got)! Another friend went to Goodguys show & came across a set of 2 door inside window garnish at the swap meet & brought it back ... so thankful to have buddies that look out for us!
Since an Arizona car, there is very little rust ... not counting the floor. Windows down & wet carpet is no good, no matter the state. However, a set of pans came with it!
So progress so far is some cleaning & disassembly to get familiar with the car, B pillars cut out, all that rusty floor pan out, replaced body bushing.
This will be a slow build for a while ... anybody looking for a wicked pro street Chevelle to buy ... more to come
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Old 06-06-2017, 07:27 PM   #2
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[QUOTE=Morgantown Gasser;1903146]Excited to have gotten this car in mid April of this year. A lot to do , but it's all there and a much better starting point than some of our past projects have been!
Basic plan is to first turn this 4 door into a 2 door. Then go gasser style: straight axel, 4 speed, BBC 427, skinny fronts, bigger backs. We've debated back & forth on cutting the rear qtrs. out or not & still can't really agree on wheels. Basic old school race car interior with no carpet, stock dash, good/safe cage & keep/try to not hurt the headliner that's there (with all the grinding, sparks & welding... well we'll see).
First order of business is find a set of 2 door, doors. Put the word out on this & a friend hooked us up with a guy, had never met & only15 miles away, that has ALOT of tri-five parts & cars ... bought doors & guts (and he also had a '59 truck straight axle we got)! Another friend went to Goodguys show & came across a set of 2 door inside window garnish at the swap meet & brought it back ... so thankful to have buddies that look out for us!
Since an Arizona car, there is very little rust ... not counting the floor. Windows down & wet carpet is no good, no matter the state. However, a set of pans came with it!
So progress so far is some cleaning & disassembly to get familiar with the car, B pillars cut out, all that rusty floor pan out, replaced body bushing.
This will be a slow build for a while

Just thinking , some members on here don't mind having a four door and
in fact even prefer one I think , others wouldn't be seen in a four door and
I have a friend that says four doors should be illegal , I have all sorts of friends ,
Ha !! So whether it's worth all the work to make a four into a
two I guess you are going to find out , I personally am looking forward to
a full running pictorial of the project and how or if your attitude toward
the effort progresses ( I've heard it said it's easy , but I doubt it : )
And when the job is done and you stand back and see that you have done
something very special how cool it will be , and when inevitably someone
asks would you do it again you will say " HELL NO " !!!
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welcome I'm in the middle of a conversion myself. I work really slow though so you will probably be on the road before I am.
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welcome I'm in the middle of a conversion myself. I work really slow though so you will probably be on the road before I am.
Oops , you outed yourself Joe !!! You know we like/love pictures , I don't
reckon there is a more work involved tri-five project than a conversion !!
Well , folks will need to know now , at least I would like to : ) Even just
a few pictures would be appreciated ~~~~
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Sorry for the no pics yesterday ... I'm usually a lot better about that, but got tied up & just now getting back here.

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Just thinking , some members on here don't mind having a four door and in fact even prefer one I think , others wouldn't be seen in a four door and I have a friend that says four doors should be illegal , I have all sorts of friends , Ha !! So whether it's worth all the work to make a four into a two I guess you are going to find out , I personally am looking forward to a full running pictorial of the project and how or if your attitude toward the effort progresses ( I've heard it said it's easy , but I doubt it : ) And when the job is done and you stand back and see that you have done
something very special how cool it will be , and when inevitably someone
asks would you do it again you will say " HELL NO " !!!
Nothing against 4 doors here ... they are awesome, for a cruiser. Just tend to prefer 2 doors for the more "race car" realm things. And have never done a conversion like this before, so new challenges keep it interesting!
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a few more pics

Just realized there is a "Project Updates" section, mods please move this thread if needs to be there
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Nice work so far! I appreciate a two door more myself, and I think if a guy has the skills, making a 4dr. into a 2dr. is the way to go! Lots of work, but the savings over buying a 2dr. body is significant.
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I'm not real good at this computer stuff ,not much good stuff to show yet.DSCN0122.JPG this is the four door front door jam in yellow and the two door jam in blue.It is required to use the four door one with the four door B pillar. Just enough difference that the door won't latch or seal correctly . If you are lucky enough to have a two door B pillar ,your in business.

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DSCN0295.JPGJust installing trim with duct tape to make sure it will fit Ok. nightmares about getting body work done and trim is toooo long or short

DSCN0296.JPGAbout ready for bondo ,a little more alignment and spacing on the jams.

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